So, I've always wanted to build my very own desktop. I have put together the parts i am going to buy. I'm not really an expert on computers, but i'm fairly knowledgeable about computers.
my first question is: are these parts compatible together? or do you think i could get something with better performance at a lower price?
Good choice on the CPU and Motherboard - exact same thing that I'm running right now, and I'm sure you'll be happy with them. I'm not entirely sure about the XFX card, though... I've heard some pretty bad things about their customer service and support. I'd honestly consider going with this instead - it isn't a combo, but is close to the same price:
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Added together, those two are $239.98; only ten dollars more.
The only thing I'm not sure about is how well the PSU I recommended could handle a CrossfireX Setup. It's 50w less, but is a modular power supply, so cable routing will be a whole lot easier, and MSI products have never failed me yet.
That RAM looks a little bit like overkill, although I'm not running anything that spectacular right now. I'll leave that up to the other forum members to debate...
Oh, and there's an OEM Lite-On burner that's actually 2 dollars cheaper, and has LightScribe support:
LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
Don't forget an Operating System, either. I'd recommend Windows 7 Home Premium.
Honestly, your post is so similar to what I was just doing a week ago it's almost scary... I just finished building a new system too, and it's pretty much the exact same thing as what you're looking to buy. I'm sure that the other forum guys know a lot more about this than me, but as far as I can see, there isn't anything at all wrong with that build. No doubt they'll chime in with some better suggestions, though.
Well, that's my two cents on it.
Good luck with your build!
I could easily get a Windows7 through my school, so that's not a problem.
i checked the OEM LITE-ON. It's $2 cheaper but there's about a$7 shipping on it. Plus i don't really need the lightscribe
I think i'm sticking with the videocard and psu combo. As for XFX's customer service, i won't it as the most terrible because i understand that some people have bad experience and good experience. This goes for all manufacturers i believe.
my next question is, would i need to buy a different fan for the cpu or should i stick with the stock because i plan on overclocking it in the future?